Five generations ago, Orlenz' Moretti's great great-grandfather walked down the gangplank of a steam ship and stood on the jetty of the San Paro waterfront, just another poor paisan immigrant who'd followed the tides of prosperity to find a new life in a new continent. He didn't find it, ending his days working as a dockhand among the dockside wharfs, sometimes supplanting his meagre income by taking part in illegal bare-knuckles prize fights in order to feed his family.
His son, Orlenz's great-grandfather, fared a little better, moving further inland to Midtown to join the mass of immigrant poor now congregating in ghetto areas there. This generation had learned the lesson from watching the sufferings of their parents; San Paro's prosperity was not to be theirs. They spoke the wrong language and worshipped the wrong god, and the locals didn't want them here. If they were to get any part of the wealth all around them, they would have to take it, rather than wait for it to be shared with them. They banded together for self-protection, some of them remembering and forming around something that many others had hoped they had left behind forever back in the Old Country.
Crime was Orlenz's great-grandfather's means to prosperity, but it was his son - Orlenz's grandfather - who was the real founder of the Moretti family fortune. One of the original ganglords of San Paro, he ended his days ensconced in the new family mansion in The Concession, aping the wealth and manners of the San Paro moneyed class who he claimed to despise so much. The next generation of the Moretti family - Orlenz's father - broke with family tradition and went into business, telling the old man that in the modern world, you can steal more with a handshake and a business diploma that you can with a gun, and all of it legitimately. The son knew that his father and the other old men would soon be dinosaurs, sitting there in their garish mansions and refusing to acknowledge that crime in San Paro was changing, that the new generations of criminals coming up through the ranks laughed at them and their ludicrous codes of honour and exaggerated Old Country manners. The son got out while he could, thriving in legitimate business, even if the basis of that business was built on laundered money belonging to his father and a syndicate of his father's friends. He moved out to Prentiss in the Waterfront district, ironically bringing full-circle the journey begun more than a century earlier with his great-grandfather.
Prentiss is where Orlenz' Moretti grew up, its quiet streets, well-tended lawns and gated community peace and quiet only a mile or so as the crow flies - but a world away in terms of time and social movement - from that squalid dockside where Moretti Senior first arrived in San Paro. Like everyone else in Prentiss, Orlenz' knows they've got a good thing going on here, and good things have to be cared for and protected. The city's falling apart. Walk a couple of blocks from the tree-lined lanes of Prentiss and into Fortuna Village, and you can see the damage for yourself. How long before it starts to reach into Prentiss, into the homes the people there have worked so hard to build and protect? Sure, they've got private security patrolling the streets, but how much can you trust some rentacop earning something not much more than minimum wage to stick around when the bullets start flying?
No, you want a job done; you got to do it yourself. That's what Orlenz' - star quarterback at the private school most families in Prentiss send their kids to, the guy with the hottest prom date, and always the host of the best kegger - thought, and there were plenty in his circle willing to go along with him. Like every good quarterback, Orlenz' thought in terms of offence, not defence, so the strategy's been to take the fight out into the Waterfront, confronting the likes of the Blood Roses on their own turf, before the battle gets brought to Prentiss. And that's how the Prentiss Tigers were born.
Orlenz's life might be a world away from that the first Moretti, but there's plenty of the old family bare-knuckles prize fighter spirit in him. The difference is, while those earlier Morettis were have-nots, fighting to get their foot in the door, Orlenz' and his friends very much belong among the haves of San Paro, and are fighting to keep the have-nots firmly in their place. If Orlenz' - extremely proud of his family's streetfighter roots - is aware of the inconsistency, he never mentions it.
Subject You ain't gotta be from Prentiss to be a top Tiger.
Nice work out there. You're not from Prentiss, are you? Thats okay. Getting used to having all these foreign players on the team now. :-)
This things getting bigger all the time. New people coming in from all over, wanting to sign up as Tigers. 'Connecting with the wider marketplace' like Darryls sister would say. Least now I know what shes talking about.
Doesnt make any difference to me where you come from (long as its not Trasket shit, I hate those bridge & tunnel losers!) just as long as you got game and are ready and able to kick crim ass.
You read what they saying about us now?
People always ragging on the Tigers coz were supposed to be these stuck-up privileged rich kids. Fuck that.
The first Moretti into SP was a penniless immigrant came off the boat right down there at Grand Wharf. Know what he did when he couldnt get a job? Earned bread as a bare-knuckles boxing prize-fighter. A real stand-up guy never asked for free handouts, never used what he had to rip people off when he coulda been this big tough crim.
No-one ever gave us Morettis anything. Everything we got, we earned for ourselves. And these assholes say we always had it easy? Fuck them.
You gotta do what you love and love what you do, right?
You know Chung-hee, right? Great guy only guy who coulda taken the captains spot offa me on the college team. But thats not what hes about always done his own thing. Proving hes the best to himself, not to anyone else. Gotta admire that.
That buzz-hunter thing hes into, sometimes wonder if thats why we all do it. Like, forget all that CSA/Team Derren shit?
Gotta admit, its some rush, being out there facing off against the crims.
(And the team perks free sponsorship stuff, party night every night at For The Win, all that special attention from fans wanting to get up close with a Tiger not so bad either, right?)
Sorry I didnt get back to you before now. Been doing this big photo-op with Sofia, then I was hanging out some with Deke Swearinger. Hes a big Tigers fan just about as much as Im a Stallions freak.
Some crazy stuff I just said there, right? You told me where this was all going, back when we got together to take care of the shit Chiza was in, and Id say you were gonna fail your next random dope test.
Cant believe how far this things gone, so fast. Maybe too fast, some Tigers are thinking. I hear what theyre saying seriously but theres too many good people counting on Tigers protection for us to call time on this now.
You up or what?
Busy times. Blood Roses still picking off our people (gonna be leveling out that score soon enough) and someones been planting IEDs on the Prentiss Links again.
On the plus, we blitzed the Armory Wharf thing, Chiza ran down (like, literally) that crim whos been sticking up tourists on the boardwalk and Mae-Jo's Hunting & Fishing have signed up as a sponsor.
Need to talk to you, though. Know theres problems in the locker room Akiko thinking about doing her own thing, Chiza not happy about stuff.
Tigers are changing, maybe gonna lose some of our starting formation. That happens, I want you to come in as a new player. You up?
PS. Got tickets for the Stallions game. Come along well talk then.
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Subject Biography: Corporations
Corporation is perception. That's why some corporations are so visible. Hungry? There's a TastyBurger on every corner. Thirsty? Why not pick up a refreshing can of Boomer or Agent Orange, with their new improved flavours? Horny? The third series of 'Prison Farm' starts tonight at 8pm on Pattern 3. Or maybe 'In the Flesh' on WP Unleashed, or 'My Daughter's Keeper' on Daybreak. You have choice; the illusion of choice.
Modern life is a complicated business. But you're animals; you like food and warmth, security and sex. They sit in high towers and they study you, like lab-rats. They are chemists and physicists, expert in the science of suppression.
Is the world making you nervous? Then don't think about it. Distraction is a part of the game. You don't want genocide or famine. You want misery on a scale you can understand, that's non-fatal, that's happening to someone else.
Don't worry about payment. They've arranged that too. All you have to do is turn up on your hamster wheel, same time every morning, try not to get shot on the way in. AnsaCredit, Best Global, one of them will handle the details.
These are the names you'll hear, but there are corporations that would rather not be visible at all. Argo Systems, DDS, Stonewell. Their market isn't you. Defence accounted for nearly 40% of the national budget. Tax dollars fed into a voracious machine. Not just tax dollars. If the gangs want weapons, they can have them. That mess on the ground is made of money; let the whole place burn. Granger can pick up the contracts, build it all again with more tax dollars. No, you've never heard of them, but you're paying their rent, and they fashion the bullets that will end your lives.
And if you do get shot, they've got drugs. Don't worry, it's all paid for. Tax dollars through the health programs, prescription payments from you. Take your medicine, trace it back; Lindochem, Daitoda, more quiet ones, hiding in high towers.
You want to hear the news. Put it on; it's always the same. The government every bit as obedient as the people, so there are good guys and bad guys; the whole pantomime rolls on into forever.
Predators, they only turn on one another when there's not enough food. But there's always enough food; pliant and self-replicating, and with nowhere to run.
Not predators. They look after you, feed you, clothe you, entertain you.
All masks, all part of the game. A game that predates civilisation, predates humanity. And the one thing that makes this game uniquely human; they hunt their own. You are the prey. Coming ready or not.
Biography: Sungnyemun Auto
Sungnyemun Auto is a South Korean manufacturing company that specializes in luxury automobiles. A division of the Bangeojin Honam Automotive Group, it has headquarters in Seoul and international headquarters in Washington DC. Historically, the company grew out of the Namdaemun Engineering and Fabrication Company founded by Ryu Yong-sung in 1948, which specialized in precision engineering, particularly 'seamless' casting and machining components from experimental alloys. From these beginnings, the Sungnyemun Motor Company was inaugurated in 1965, and in 1969 the company began selling cars in the United States and much of central Europe. Such was their success, Sungnyemun Auto now runs the world's second largest auto-manufacturing facility in Incheon, where in excess of 1.1 million units are fabricated every year. Several of these technically innovative models have been consistently awarded "Best in Class" by Corporate Auto magazine over the last five years. Since 2002, Sungnyemun has been a worldwide official sponsor of the IFL World Championships and, closer to home, sponsored the away strip of the San Paro Wildcats in 2007.
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Level Name 15 Most Valuable Tiger (20 Joker Tickets)
Some people call the Tigers elitist pricks. They're right. We are. Most people just aren't good enough to be in the Tigers, or in Prentiss for that matter. If you <col: Yellow>win MVP once</col> we'll talk more about taking you more serious in future.
Be MVP <col:yellow>Once.</col>
15 Be A Winner! (0 Joker Tickets)
Get your game face on, bitch! Get out there, stamp on someones fuckin throat, pound a beer and fuck their girlfriend! Before ya do, though, <col: Yellow>kill 15 Criminals in a streak!</col> Be a fucking WINNER!
Reach a Kill Streak of <col: Yellow>15.</col>
15 Be The Best (0 Joker Tickets)
You win the cup once and people think it's a fluke. You win the cup twice and people think that you're onto something. You win the cup three times? People think you're the best. <col: Yellow>Win MVP in a mission 3 times in a row</col> and prove who you are.
Get MVP <col: Yellow>3</col> in a row.
15 The Only Thing (0 Joker Tickets)
You know who I hate? People that say 'they tried' when they lose. Fuck those people. Winners never quit. <col: Yellow>Win 5 Missions in a streak,</col> find a loser, punch them in fuckin' face, spit on them and then win some more!
Win <col:yellow>5</col> missions in a row.
15 Make the Conversion (20 Joker Tickets)
Hitting checkpoints and objectives is great and all, but I'd like to see more bodies hitting more floors, you know? <col: Yellow>Hit a kill streak of 5.</col> I like you, so try not to get your ass shot, cool?
Achieve a Kill Streak of <col: Yellow>5.</col>